Citizens Advice Wandsworth (CAW), a charity which offers advice and support to thousands of people, is expanding its activities in Wandsworth, building on the excellent work it already does in the borough.
Sadiq praised the charity for the work it does in his constituency; “Last year Citizens Advice Wandsworth helped people in Tooting with 2,533 problems. Unsurprisingly, the top four most common problems were employment, benefits/tax credits, housing and debt. As your local MP I am acutely aware of how these issues affect our area so I am particularly grateful for all the work they do here”.
There are several Citizens Advice centres in and close to Tooting which can offer free and impartial advice - Mitcham, Morden, Streatham and Wandsworth. And next week, Citizens Advice Wandsworth will move to new facilities in Battersea Library and extend their opening hours. Tooting library also offers access to Citizens Advice, by appointment only on 020 8767 0543.
But the charity doesn’t only offer advice to individuals, it also shares its considerable local knowledge with decision-making bodies like the local Council.
Recently, CAW responded to Wandsworth Council’s consultation regarding its proposed changes to its Council Tax Reduction Scheme. CAW expressed its concerns about the impact of the proposed changes on nearly 5,500 low income households in the borough and has urged the Council not to go ahead with the changes at least until provisions to mitigate the effects have been put in place. Commenting on the proposed changes, Sadiq said “Many of those who will be effected are the borough’s most vulnerable who are already facing severe financial difficulties as a result of benefit caps and freezes. These problems will only get worse when further benefit reductions are introduced this year”.
According to Citizens Advice Wandsworth’s Chief Executive, Phil Jew, “Thousands of people contact us every year. Some are in crisis - destitute, homeless, in debt - and others need help finding a way forward with benefits, housing, money, consumer or employment and other problems”.
Sadiq said: “For everything you do in helping people to overcome the challenges they face, Citizens Advice Wandsworth, thank you!”